Life Skills

Police Explorers Program


The Fayetteville Police Department is excited to announce that we are currently planning for the 2015 Police Explorers Academy that will take place between July 20th- 24th, 2015. Interested applicants must have completed the 8th grade and/or be between the ages of 14 –17, but can be accepted into the program up until the day prior to your 18th birthday. They may remain in the program until their 21st birthday.

The Police Explorer Program is a nationwide program sponsored by Learning for Life (a division of Boy Scouts of America). The program will give Explorers hands on training in the field of Law Enforcement and will build teamwork, leadership skills, and discipline. More information on Learning for Life can be found here

 

In addition to core academy activities, the Police Explorers participate in other exciting events such as, festivals, concerts, and have been rock climbing. Our current training plans include: K-9, Emergency Response Team, Search and Rescue, and rappelling. So, we have many exciting things to come. If you have children who are interested, or friends who have kids who meet the criteria please let us know. If they cannot make this academy, we have others in the future or they can come to our meetings to see if this would be something they are interested in.

Interested applicants may pick up a copy of the application at the Fayetteville Police Department located at 467 Hay Street during normal business hours or on our Department’s website, www.bethebadge.com and download a copy of the application. When you visit the website, look on the homepage for the listing of “NEW – 2015 Police Explorers Program Application.

 


 

Completed packets should be turned in to:
Fayetteville Police Department Training Center
671 N. Eastern Blvd
Fayetteville, NC 28301
910-433-1903

What is Law Enforcement Exploring? Exploring is a program created by Learning for Life (a division of Boy Scouts of America) designed to provide career Education in the field of Law Enforcement. The program is locally sponsored by the Fayetteville Police Department. All together, over 33,000 Explorers and 8,425 adult volunteers participate in Law Enforcement Exploring nationwide, including sponsors from the ATF, DEA, FBI, and thousands of State and local police departments and Sheriff’s departments. More information on Learning for Life can be found here.

Who can join? Young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Law Enforcement. Once in the program, you may stay an active member until your 21st birthday. You don’t have to «know» you want to be a police officer to join!

What do we do? Explorers learn all about the function of Law Enforcement through hands on training with real Police Officers. Explorers will learn through scenario based training, classroom education, and Ride-Alongs (For Explorers 18 and over). Explorers will learn leadership skills, discipline, courage, teamwork, and integrity required in the Law Enforcement Field.

Do Explorers get paid? The Law Enforcement Exploring program is free of cost at this time. Special activities, events, leadership academies and conferences may cost more and will be determined on a case by case basis

How much does it cost? The Law Enforcement Exploring program is free of cost at this time. Special activities, events, leadership academies and conferences may cost more and will be determined on a case by case basis

What about Uniforms? Explorer Uniforms will be provided by FPD and will consist of a baby blue uniform shirt, dark blue pants and necktie, belt, and Explorer patches designed by the Explorers themselves. Black footwear conducive to Police work will be provided by the Explorer.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. - Must have completed the 8th grade and/or be between the ages of 14 –17, but can be accepted into the program up until the day prior to your 18th birthday. They may remain in the program until their 21st birthday.
  2. - A Hold Harmless and Release Form and Learning for Life must be executed by the parents or legal guardian if the Explorer is under the age of 18.
  3. - No prior convictions for a criminal offense and/or serious traffic offense.
  4. - Must show good citizenship in school and have no suspensions, expulsions, major behavioral issues within the last two years.
  5. - Must have and maintain a minimum of a «C» (70%) average in high school or college to remain in the Program. If the candidate graduated from high school, he/she must be enrolled in and taking college classes. An unedited quarterly progress report will be furnished to a post advisor upon request (or whenever received by the Explorer from the school).
  6. - Must complete a basic training course (FPD EXPLORER ACADEMY), to include Youth Protection, Personal Safety Awareness training, and a probationary period.
  7. - Must undergo a thorough background review to assess character and integrity.
  8. - Must maintain a satisfactory level of physical fitness.

Application Process

  1. - Applications will be made available and contingent upon availability for training academies.
  2. - n addition to meeting the requirements, Explorers and / or parents / guardians must submit a completed application packet.
  3. - Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to participate in an oral board interview. Upon successful completion of the interview process, a background check will be initiated. If selected, the Explorer will be placed on probation for 90 days. Applicants will not be discriminated against based upon gender, race, ethnicity, religious background, sexual preference, or disability.

As a necessary condition of consideration for membership with the Fayetteville Police Department Explorers, specific information and documents are required. Failure to provide this information will result in the removal of your application for consideration. Complete the application in black ink and return it to the Fayetteville Police Department Training Center with the following:

  • - Recent Photograph
  • - Photocopy – NC Driver’s License/Permit (if applicable)
  • - Completed 100 Word Essay Sheet (If more space is required, attach additional sheet)
  • - Completed Application
  • - Parent Signatures if Under 18
  • - Copy of most Recent Report Card/College Transcript.

Selected Applicants will be invited to an Oral Board Interview

Please, download Explorer Application Form here